I recently read a blog post by @johntspencer
." John eloquently explains why he has removed most 21st century technology blogs from his feeder. I will be taking a line directly from John's post because I don't believe I could say it any better...."Over time, I've dropped most of those blogs from my feed, realizing that the utopian dream is a powerful hallucinogen that will prevent me from seeing the often humble reality of my own classroom."
I believe John is making an excellent point here, and if I was to be 100% honest with you, I would say I have definitely fallen into the trap of over excitement when it comes to technology integration. Educators across the world are finding new and innovative ways to increase educational effectiveness, and for the most part this is a good thing. There are the obvious advantages to using technology, but the not so obvious dangers still linger. Technology is not a silver bullet and will not guarantee student engagement and academic achievement...but it can help.
If you knew me or have read my blog you would know I really enjoy technology
and I am always looking for new ways to use technology in my classroom. Technology has allowed me to do some awesome things with my German students
this year, but technology has in no way replaced the foundation of my classroom... technology has become a tool I use to enhance
my classroom. A normal day for me includes pencils and paper, students sitting in desks either alone or in groups, and most days do not
include any fancy or neat pieces of technology.
By no means am I saying technology is a bad thing...I would argue that it is a fantastic thing, but I agree with John that there are some concepts that might be better without the use of technology, and for the educators who aren't using technology every day in class, it's okay! There is no rule that says if you don't use technology every day there is no way to teach and prepare students for the 21st century. If technology can be used to improve and enhance the learning environment it should be used, but it should not be forced for the sake of using technology
. Our focus as educators should and must remain on doing what is right for our students, not what new cool gadget or technology program we can use...
I can only hope that my thoughts and ramblings came out as eloquently and as clear as John's "Techno-Shame" post...
I would love to hear your thoughts on technology integration and how technology should be included...